Covid-19 Proof New Year’s Resolutions
Happy New Year everyone! With the start of Term 2 only a weekend away, I wanted to share my New Year’s resolutions and goals for this next term with you all. The new lockdown in the UK means that it will be a bumpy start for most of us. For me, it means that I won’t be returning back to Leamington for a while and study remotely from Switzerland, at least to start with. That’s a hard pill to swallow because all of my friends will be back at uni but I’m determined to make the most of it. At the start of every “normal” year, I like to take some time and plan my year ahead as much as possible. In 2021, I don’t think that is neither realistic nor helpful. Planning events or setting time measurable goals just doesn’t make sense this year. If anything, it might only trigger disappointment when things outside our control stand in our way of reaching them. On the other hand, not setting any goals at all doesn’t sit right either. I truly believe that if you want to make a change in any aspect of your life, actively choosing to commit to them is the way to go. Here a couple of mine:
- Choose to focus on the good
In 2020, I struggled at times not to get completely deflated and sadned by the state of the world, the planned events that fell through and the major insecurities in all our lives. But there was also a lot of good. I spent more time with my family than I normally would, I completed a six month internship and enjoyed the outdoors more. In 2021, I want to actively focus on the positive side of anything that comes my way.
- Take things one day at a time
Another thing I noticed in 2020 is that life can get overwhelming. The inability to make concrete plans doesn’t help. So, this year I want to work on being ok with taking things one day at a time. Equally, I think breaking seemingly humongeous tasks (like my dissertation…) down into smaller sections will help me stay on track and motivated.
- Be kind, to myself and others
In 2021, I will try to be less hard on myself. I am doing the best I can and giving the circumstances, that’s pretty damn good! Just because we’re in another lockdown doesn’t’ mean I need to be smashing out daily home workouts, read a book a month or learn how to play the piano. What I do need to do is listen to my body, my feelings and recognize when I need to take a break or change things up a bit. Besides being kind to myself, I think it’s important to actively be kind to others as well. Whether that’s by helping someone with their self-isolation or by recognizing that someone is acting out because they’re struggling, not because it has anything to do with you.
Compared to my 2020 resolutions, this year’s are certainly different and less concrete but I think they are what I need right now. Hopefully you might find some inspiration in them too!